My wakeboarding affair

Wakeboarding is a surface water sport which involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water behind a boat according to wikipedia.

Sure. That's what it's supposed to be. I would define it as a surface water sport which involves people trying to ride a wakeboard over the surface of a body of water behind a boat. But that's just me.

I was in a lovely little island on the coast of Indonesia called Batam a few weeks back and one of the things I was able to try out was wakeboarding. It was my first time to try it so I was pretty stoked about it. So myself, some buddies of mine and the Indonesian boat dude went with us to this river area about a kilometer from the beach where we were staying at.

This happened a lot

The actual process involves you strapping your feet to a wake board which is smaller than a surf board but bigger than a snow board. Throw on a life vest (optional) then jump in the water so you're in this seated position since your feet float from the boad and your upper torso floats from the life vest. The dude then throws you a rope, and then fires the speedboat's engine.

Feeling the power...
...and finally
Then comes the hard part. Trying to stand up and "surf" or "wakeboard". I kept on falling off the board since i think i wasnt shifting my weight around correctly. But after like 10 minutes of falling off, i was finally able to stand up and wakeboard for about 3-5 seconds before falling off again.


I must admit, it was a pretty fun experience. My arms were pretty much useless after that since I believe I was doing the weight shifting wrong and putting all the stress on my arms. But it was fun. I was kinda bummed out by my last shot though, since it was taken against the sun, so the picture didnt really come out clearly. haha.


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